Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.
1. Don’t ignore unusual pain. If you are feeling a constant pain in your feet, it’s important to call your podiatrist immediately. They can help identify any pain and develop a treatment plan to make sure that your feet are healthy.
2. Inspect your feet regularly. It’s easy to ignore irregularities around your feet, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s important to be sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in color or temperature, and to make sure that your toenails aren’t too thick or discolored. Also be sure to pay attention to cracks or cuts in the skin, and to make sure that there aren’t any growths on your feet.
3. Keep proper foot hygiene. It’s important to wash your feet regularly, even between the toes, and make sure that the foot is totally dry. It’s also important to regularly trim toenails. Be careful to only trim nails straight across and not on the sides or corners to avoid ingrown toenails. If you are a person with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems, be sure to go to your podiatrist when trimming toenails in order to avoid infection.
4. Get proper fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes, try to go later in the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to replace worn out shoes. Make sure that the shoes you pick are the correct shoe for whatever activities you are engaging in. Also, it’s important to not wear the same pair of shoes or socks multiple days in a row.
5. Avoid walking barefoot. When walking around barefoot, your feet are more prone to injury.
6. Don’t forget your feet! When wearing sandals, it’s very important to apply sunscreen to your feet as well as the rest of your body!
Following these guidelines will help keep your feet happy and healthy, and in turn help your overall well-being!
When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common. This unassuming deformity comes about gradually, so you may not even notice it until it’s too late. “What is a hammertoe?” You might be wondering. A hammertoe affects the middle joint of a toe (often the smaller toes), causing the toe to bend downward. In severe cases, a hammertoe will look almost claw-like.
There are two kinds of hammertoes: flexible and rigid. As you might imagine, a flexible hammertoe is one in which you can still straighten the toe out. If you aren’t able to straighten the affected toe then this is a rigid hammertoe. A flexible hammertoe isn’t as serious as a rigid one; however, it’s important that you take care of your hammertoe to make sure that it doesn’t get worse.
While there is no way to cure a hammertoe there are simple measures you can take to prevent it from progressing. First and foremost, you need to take a look at the shoes you are wearing and make sure that they aren’t too tight. When you slip your feet into your shoes, does it cause your toes to bunch up against one another? If so then this could make your hammertoe worse.
Instead, opt for shoes with an ample toe box, which will allow your toes to wiggle and move around freely. If you have a structural imbalance within the foot this can leave you prone to foot problems such as hammertoes and bunions. To correct this imbalance, talk to your foot doctor about getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts), which can be placed into your shoes to help provide cushioning, support, and shock absorption for your feet.
If pain or stiffness does rear its ugly head you can choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, which can tackle both pain and inflammation in one fell swoop, or you can place a towel-wrapped ice pack (never put ice directly on the skin, as it can cause severe burns) over the area for several minutes.
Just as you can buy pads to cover a bunion or callus, you can also buy a non-medicated protective pad to cover over a hammertoe. Since the deformed toe joint juts out this can leave the toe prone to calluses, which can cause pain when wearing shoes. To prevent a callus from forming, you can apply a protective pad over the deformed toe joint before putting on shoes.
Of course, if you are dealing with significant or frequent pain, or if the hammertoe is rigid, then you will want to turn to a podiatric specialist. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the disfigured joint.
Discover the most effective way to get rid of stubborn toenail fungus.
That yellow unsightly toenail isn’t just unpleasant to look at; it might even be brittle and uncomfortable. Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes is out of the question because you feel like everyone will be looking at your thick, yellow fungal toe. Dr. Edward Orman, at Honeygo Podiatry servicing the Baltimore Metro area, is here to help. Find out the best way to tackle your toenail fungus.
More often than not, people decide it’s best to tackle their toenail fungus from the comfort and convenience of their own home before turning to a foot doctor. Healthy individuals may certainly choose to do this; however, those with diabetes who think they might have a fungal infection need to seek a doctor right away for treatment.
While there are tons of home remedies out there, your best bet is to go to your local pharmacy and pick up an over-the-counter anti-fungal medication. Purchase a product that is designated for nails and follow the directions exactly. You may have to use the medication for up to 48 weeks to see results. Of course, creams and lotions can’t always get to the entire fungus, so you may find that this option doesn’t work well for you.
Visiting a Podiatrist
If you’ve been trying an over-the-counter anti-fungal for several weeks and haven’t noticed a change then it’s time to give us a call. The medications you can get from us are stronger and more effective. In some cases, we will prescribe an oral medication.
Another option may be laser treatment. The laser is able to safely penetrate deep under the nail to heat up and kill the fungus hiding underneath. Most infections are effectively treated in just one session. With oral, topical or laser treatment you may have to wait up to a year after treatment for a new, clear nail to grow.
Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, and serving the Baltimore area, is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with comprehensive and compassionate podiatry. Whether you want to talk to us about your toenail fungus treatment options or you have questions about the other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call us today!
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
Your toes should point straight forward, maybe with a very slight bend at the knuckle. But when the toes bend at up to a 90-degree angle, that’s a foot condition called hammertoes. They get that name because the toe joints start to resemble the head of a hammer. They cause cosmetic problems as well as challenges when you’re wearing footwear. Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, and serving Baltimore, MD area patients, can help you with your case of hammertoes.
Why Do Hammertoes Form?
Whenever the feet or toes are forced into an uncomfortable position, there is a risk that they will start to conform to that position. The more pressure, the weaker the joints become over time. Hammertoes often develop when the top part of the toes are crowded together from wearing uncomfortable shoes. Patients who have joint or tendon problems due to heredity or arthritic conditions are more at risk of developing this foot condition.
Hammertoes do not have to be a permanent problem. They can be straightened out with help from with help from Dr. Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall, Fallston and the Baltimore area. Here are some of the most likely treatments:
- Wrapping, splinting, or strapping the feet so that the joints have a chance to heal in a more favorable position.
- An orthotic device that retrains the tendon, muscles, and joints.
- Padding if there’s a corn or callus on the toe.
- Injection therapy with corticosteroids for inflammation and NSAID medications for pain.
- Different choices in footwear.
- Surgical correction to straighten the toe.
An Embarrassing but Manageable Foot Problem
Hammertoes are manageable as long as you are consistent with the therapies recommended by Dr. Orman at Honeygo Podiatry and make certain lifestyle changes. Here are a few ways you can minimize the chance of developing hammertoes again:
- Always wear properly fitting shoes. Avoid shoes that are too tight, like high heels. Also, women who wear sandals or flip-flops that are too small may experience overhanging of the toes, which can weaken the joints.
- Continue to wear prescribed orthotic devices, even after the joints have realigned.
- Take time off your feet for a while, if possible, to help hasten the healing process after treatment.
No More Hammertoes
You don’t have to face the spring or summer season with unsightly hammertoes. Get help from Dr. Orman at Honeygo Podiatry, serving Baltimore County, Harford County and the Baltimore Metro area. Contact the office today.
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